The Astral Sleep

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The Astral Sleep
Studio album by Tiamat
Released September 1, 1991
Genre Melodic death metal
Death/doom
Gothic metal
Length 48:37
Label Century Media
Producer Waldemar Sorychta
Tiamat chronology
Sumerian Cry
(1990)
The Astral Sleep
(1991)
Clouds (1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Astral Sleep is the second album from Tiamat. It marks their debut on longtime label, Century Media Records. This album was reissued in 2006 with two tracks from A Winter Shadow single, released in 1990.

Despite being released only one year after their previous album (Sumerian Cry), the compositional and musical evolution of the band is evident, with lower doom-death metal orientation. There are greater instrumental participation (particularly notable, atmospheric keyboards and guitar solos). In addition, Johan Edlund's voice has a different vocal register (transforming his grunt into a raspy growl).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Neo Aeon (Intro)" – 2:09
  2. "Lady Temptress" – 3:44
  3. "Mountain of Doom" – 4:36
  4. "Dead Boys' Choir" – 1:53
  5. "Sumerian Cry (Part III)" – 5:15
  6. "On Golden Wings" – 4:59
  7. "Ancient Entity" – 6:15
  8. "The Southernmost Voyage" – 3:12
  9. "Angels Far Beyond" – 4:41
  10. "I Am the King (of Dreams)" – 4:33
  11. "A Winter Shadow" (CD bonus track) – 5:24
  12. "The Seal (Outro)" – 1:52
  13. "A Winter Shadow" (bonus track on the 2006 re-issue) – 5:25
  14. "Ancient Entity" (bonus track on the 2006 re-issue) – 5:54

Recording line-up[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. The Astral Sleep at AllMusic